post #1 of Old 03-30-2010, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
gtstricky
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Moto Alliance - Viper Elite EX8000

5.2 hp motor
189:1 gear ratio


* Wireless & 9' Cabled Remote Switch
* Circuit breaking "on/off" switch for safety
* Fully submersible, integrated housing
* 85' x 3/8" diameter Patented Amsteel Blue Synthetic Cable
* Hawse Fairlead
* Large Clevis Hook
* Handsaver Strap
* 10T Snatch Block
* Waterproof Winch Cover
* Damper Blanket
* Hardware
* Lightweight design for easy movement - just 75lbs shipping weight
* 2 Year Warranty

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post #2 of Old 04-18-2010, 01:28 PM
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I have the 10,000lb same winch just a bigger motor.
I think this is a classic case of you get what you pay for. This winch is primarily made in China and with the exception of the synthetic cable it shows.
The snatch block that came with the winch has no WLL rating and the cast pulley itself is a poor casting.


The paint seems quite thin I was able to scratch it on install in a few places and it is not painted near the drum under the solenoid cover. The 3/8 hook is useless with the winch it will not fit on the cable thimble and so also useless is the hand saver strap. I had to grind the ears on the 1/2 hook to get it fit over the thimble.
I also got the accessory kit from Moto Alliance (it was free part of a promo on the jeep forum)


The shackles that came with the kit are only rated for 4t and have a pretty rough surface, China casting, unlike the ones I bought locally that are rated for 6t and are clearly much better quality.
Most of the winch and kit have small things that make it obvious it was built in China. the wired control switch for instance just feels rough I suspect it won't last too long.

overall I feel I got what I paid for. I put that I would recommend this winch. but I must add the caveat that is china built and it shows, if top quality is what you are after in the entire setup I would look elsewhere. I also must note at this time I have not trail tested this winch. I will be back after that time. (rhode island wheeling is far and few between, no land)
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post #3 of Old 09-02-2010, 03:07 PM
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I was one of the giveaway winners. I would have posted sooner but I felt that I needed to use it before I posted. Also this is my first winch so I have nothing to compare it to.

Letís start with the bad. When I first got it I noticed that the switches are labeled with stickers and not metal tags I feel eventually they will peel off. Also the switches themselves were plastic and feel cheap and breakable. After having it on since June, the paint has faded and does not look good; also some of the stickers have peeled off. I did talk to Moto Alliance and they told me they are aware of it and currently replacing the stickers they use. The accessories do not look like they are the best quality and seem cheap. I do realize changing these things would increase the price.

Now it is time for the good. I did use it on one pull. The winch preformed without hesitation pulling my friends Grand Wagoneer. It had good line speed and did really well. The fact that it comes with both wired and wireless controllers is pretty cool. The hook it comes with is massive and seems pretty tough. It is really nice that it does come with synthetic line.

Overall I would recommend it if you are looking for a cheap winch that can get the job done. I do question how long it will last but so far it has done well.
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